A Guide to Grassroots Football Management

So you've got the team. You're the gaffer. What do you do next?

Whether you’re a budding Sam Allardyce or a reluctant volunteer, you’ve got the responsibility of managing the team. 

You might have a detailed five-year strategy or just a few unwashed bibs and some flat footballs but hopefully this resource will provide you with a few pointers in the art and science of running a grassroots (amateur Saturday or Sunday) team.

The guide includes advice on tactics, training sessions, team administration, keeping players fit and much more.


Download The FA's Guide to Managing in Grassroots Football here!


FA Technical Director, Dan Ashworth, helped to compile the guide and offers his thoughts in the foreword:

'As The FA’s technical director I am always proud and mindful of who and what the England team represents for the people of this country. When we play I am aware that all of our youth or senior representative teams can embody the hopes of tens of thousands of amateur adult teams and players that provide us with the vibrant structure of grassroots football that we are privileged to have.

Our country is unique around the world for the diversity of organised football that is on offer in every community. Our structure thrives because of the contribution of volunteers that undertake the innumerable tasks required to get a team across the white line every week.

This resource is designed to hopefully make that job a little easier for those involved in managing a grassroots adult team.

What you’ll find in this resource is guidance provided by some of the FA’s experts but hopefully presented in a way which recognises the reality of running a grassroots team. You may not have a settled squad, the fittest players or the best training facilities but there is content in this resource that will help you make the best of what you have.'


Download The FA's Guide to Managing in Grassroots Football here!


For more information on managing in Grassroots Football, please contact Hertfordshire FA Football Development Officer, Adam Jones, on 01462 650210 or via adam.jones@hertfordshirefa.com